Metavid

Video archive of the US Congress

House Proceeding 06-10-09 on Jun 10th, 2009 :: 1:34:05 to 1:46:20
Total video length: 2 hours 54 minutes Stream Tools: Stream Overview | Edit Time

Note: MetaVid video transcripts may contain inaccuracies, help us build a more perfect archive

Download OptionsEmbed Video

Views:216 Duration: 0:12:15 Discussion

Previous speech: Next speech:

Jean Schmidt

1:34:02 to 1:34:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: and around the world. thank you, and thanks to the gentlelady for inviting me down, i commend you for the special order tonight. mrs. schmidt: thank you for sharing some moments with us and for all you do with the values action team to keep us alerted to issues that are important to all in the united states.

Jean Schmidt

1:34:05 to 1:46:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jean Schmidt

Jean Schmidt

1:34:23 to 1:34:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: when i started this a few moments ago, i was talking a little bit about the new administration and the new president and matching his words with his actions. i'd like to go back a second, i have a transcript from the saddleback forum which was back in august of 2009, and i got

Jean Schmidt

1:34:45 to 1:35:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: this off cnn and i just want to read you a couple of paragraphs so that, madam speaker, you understand that i'm not taking what then-candidate obama, now president obama has said, i want to give you the full text. pastor warren after asking then

Jean Schmidt

1:35:06 to 1:35:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: candidate obama about his views on religion, pastor warren said, well, then-candidate obama said, i thought that was pretty tough. warren said, let's go through some tough questions, tough ones, now the most and then-candidate obama said that was pretty tough.

Jean Schmidt

1:35:27 to 1:35:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: pastor warren said, that was a freebie. that's a gim me. let's deal with abortion. 40 million abortions since roe v. wade. as a pastor i've had to deal with this all the time. all the pain and all the conflicts and i know this is a very complex issue. 40 million abortions, at what

Jean Schmidt

1:35:48 to 1:36:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: point does a baby get human rights in your view? then candidate obama said, well, you know, i think that whether you're looking at it from a theological perspective or scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity is above my pay grade.

Jean Schmidt

1:36:09 to 1:36:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: pastor warren, have you -- then-candidate obama, but let me speak more generally about the issue of abortion. shs something obviously this country wrestles with. one thing i'm absolutely convinced is there's a moral and ethical element to this issue. .

Jean Schmidt

1:36:31 to 1:36:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: i think anyone who tries to not grasp the graphity of the abortion issue is not paying attention. that's point number one. point number two, i pro-choice. i believe in roe v. wade and i come to that conclusion not because i am pro-abortion but because ultimately i don't think women make these decisions casually. i think they, they wrestle with

Jean Schmidt

1:36:54 to 1:37:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: these things in profound ways in consultation with their pastors or spouses or doctors or family members. so this for me,he goal right now and should be, and this is where i think we can find common ground, and by the way i have now inserted this into the democratic party platform, is how do we reduce the number of

Jean Schmidt

1:37:15 to 1:37:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: abortions? the fact is that although we have -- had a president who was opposed to abortion over the last eight years, abortions have not gone down. and that is something we have to address. pastor warren. have you ever voted to limit the number of abortions -- limit or reduce abortions? then-candidate obama, i'm in

Jean Schmidt

1:37:38 to 1:37:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: favor, for example, of limits on late-term abortions. and there is an exception for the mother's health. from the perspective of those pro-life i think they would think that's inadequate. i respect their vie us. one thing i always said is that on this particular issue if you believe that life begins at conception, then, and you are

Jean Schmidt

1:38:00 to 1:38:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: consistent in that belief, then i can't argue with you on that. because that is the core of the faith for you. madam speaker, i'd like to repeat that because i'm going to be coming back to that in a f minutes. then candidate obama said, if you believe life begins at conception, then, and you are consistent in that belief, then

Jean Schmidt

1:38:23 to 1:38:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: i can't argue with you on that because that is a core issue of faith for you. what i can say -- what i can and do say and there are ways that we can work together to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, so that we actually are reducing the sense that women are seeking abortions, and

Jean Schmidt

1:38:45 to 1:39:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: as an example of that one of the things that i have talked about is how do we provide the resources that allow women to make the choice to keep a child? you know, have we given them health care that they need? have we given them the supportive services they need? have we given them the optns of adoption that are necessary? that can make a genuine

Jean Schmidt

1:39:06 to 1:39:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: difference. when i began this i talked about the fact that the president when he was running for office spoke of concept of abortion where we would actually reduce the number of abortions. and yet as soon as he took office he seemed to revert that policy. as many of my colleagues

Jean Schmidt

1:39:28 to 1:39:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: demonstrated tonight, just days after taking office the first thing that this president did was reduce -- reverse the mexico city policy. and in that policy again simply says that u.s. taxpayer dollars will not promote abortions overseas. and that any n.g.o., any governmental agency or

Jean Schmidt

1:39:49 to 1:40:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: nongovernmental agency overseas cannot use that money to promote abortion that is they receive from the united states. but as if this were not enough today, congress considered a bill that would establish the state department -- in the state department the office of global women's issues. one of those purposes of that

Jean Schmidt

1:40:11 to 1:40:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: global office on women's issues is to promote abortions overseas. so as the president stated when he was running for office he wanted to reduce the number of abortion, he put it in the platform of the democratic party, he said that if you're consistent in your beliefs that life begins at conception, that

Jean Schmidt

1:40:33 to 1:40:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: this should be recognized, one of the things in concert with the admistration is doing is rapidly promoting abortions through the use of federal funds for those abortions. but it's not just the funding of overseas abortions that is occurring. it's not the only assault on

Jean Schmidt

1:40:54 to 1:41:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: creating a culture of life that we have witnessed both from this administration and this congress. it's not the only instance where the administration's rhetoric does not match its actions. when candidate obama said about stem cell research at the saddleback forum, he said, now,

Jean Schmidt

1:41:16 to 1:41:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: and i quote, now, if in fact adult stem cell lines are working just as well, of course we should try to avoid any kind of moral arguments that may be in place. i got to repeat that. candidate obama at the ti said if in fact adult stem cell lines are working just as well, then of course we should try to avoid any kind of moral arguments that

Jean Schmidt

1:41:40 to 1:42:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: may be in place. well, to date adult stem cells have actually found to be useful in treating a large number of diseases or ailments. embryonic stem cells have not yet been found to effectively treat anything. yet in march our president signed an executive order

Jean Schmidt

1:42:02 to 1:42:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: overturning the bush administration's stem cell research policy. and the assault on life does not stop there. nor does the double talk. you know, the president recently spoke at notre dame and it was met with some controversy.

Jean Schmidt

1:42:23 to 1:42:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: and in that may speech -- i want to read to you the context, the full context of what he said on the issue of abortion. and he said, and i quote, nowhere do these questions come up more powerfully than on the issue of abortion. as i considered the controversy surrounding by mivisit here, i

Jean Schmidt

1:42:44 to 1:43:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: am reminded of an encounter during my senate campaign, one that i describe in a book i wrote called "the audacity of hope." a few days after i won the democratic nomination, i received an email fm a doctor who told me that while he voted for in the primary, he had a serious concern that might prevent him from voting for me in the general election.

Jean Schmidt

1:43:05 to 1:43:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: he described himself as a christian who was strongly pro-life, but that's not what was preventing him from voting for me. what bothered the doctor was an entry that my campaign staff had posted on my website. an entry that said i would fight right-winged ideologies who want to take away a woman's right to choose. the doctor said that he had

Jean Schmidt

1:43:28 to 1:43:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: assumed that i was a reasonable person, but that if i truly believe that every pro-life individual was simply an ideologue who wanted to inflict suffering on women, then i was not very reasonable. he wrote, i do not ask at this point that you oppose abortion, only that you speak about this

Jean Schmidt

1:43:49 to 1:44:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: issue in fair-minded words. fair-minded words. after i read the doctor's letter i wrote back to him and thanked him. i didn't change my position, but i did tell my staff to change the words on my website. and i said a prayer that night that i might extend the same presumption of good faith to others that the doctor had extended to me.

Jean Schmidt

1:44:10 to 1:44:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: because when we do that, when we open our hearts and our minds to those who may not think like we do or believe what we do, that's when we discover at least the possibility of common ground. that's when we begin to say, maybe we won't agree on abortion but we can sti agree that this is a heartwrenching decision for

Jean Schmidt

1:44:31 to 1:44:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: any woman to make both with moral and spiritual dimensions. so let's work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions by reducing uni pregnancies and making adoption more available and providing care and support for women who do carry their child to term. let's honor the conscience of

Jean Schmidt

1:44:54 to 1:45:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: those who disagree with abortion and draft a sensible conscience clause and make sure that all of our health care policies are grounded in clear ethics and sound science, as well as respect for the equality of women. i could go on with the speech. but what i want to say is that

Jean Schmidt

1:45:16 to 1:45:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: whil speaking at notre dame, the president said, let's honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortions and draft a sensible conscience clause to make sure our health care policies are grounded in clear ethics and sound evidence. i didn't take it out of context. but he actually said this, madam speaker. after his administration had

Jean Schmidt

1:45:37 to 1:46:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: rescinded the conscience clause regulations promulgated by the bush administration. these regulations made it clear that a health care provider who would not have to choose between his or her deeply held moral and religious beliefs and a career. in fact, this is what the president then candidate alluded to at the saddleback conference.

Jean Schmidt

1:46:02 to 1:46:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jean Schmidt: that your conscience should be recognized and your moral ground should be recognized, especially if you're consistent with your belief that life begins at conception and ends at natural death. and yet the conscience clause was almost immediately rescinded upon this president's arrival to

Personal tools

MetaVid is a non-profit project of UC Santa Cruz and the Sunlight Foundation. Learn more About MetaVid

The C-SPAN logo and other servicemarks that may be found in video content are the property of their respective trademark holders. None of these trademark holders are affiliated with Metavid